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Board of Directors

Mr. David C. Campion


Mr. Campion leads Areté Associates as its President and CEO. Since becoming President and CEO he has helped to unify the company behind a strategic plan that calls for innovation that rapidly transforms our ground-breaking S&T advances into prototypes and finished solutions. Over his short tenure, we have seen the company revenue grow as he worked to develop the staff and leadership across the company. Prior to this role, he served as Areté’s Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for executing a diverse program portfolio, delivering integrated hardware and software remote sensing solutions to a broad base of Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers.

Mr. Campion’s technical background includes remote sensing, image processing, and application development projects. He has extensive expertise in signal processing and detection analysis for passive optical IR and visible sensors. He has developed algorithms for detection, clutter reduction, false alarm mitigation and target tracking for use with numerous optical systems. Mr. Campion has developed techniques for extraction of ocean environmental conditions from passive optical data. He has been responsible for the collection and analysis of data from national systems for the purpose of METOC products and water mine detection. Mr. Campion has been directly responsible for developing deliverable software for operational users and working with operational personnel to identify requirements to enhance ease of use and effect smooth transition of the code.

Mr. Campion holds an M.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and has been with Areté since 1993.

Ms. Tina Jonas

Board Chairperson

Ms. Jonas is an executive with a distinguished career. She has served at the highest levels in both the government and commercial sectors and is a recognized expert in military, defense, and aerospace issues. Ms. Jonas is currently an independent consultant and serves on several boards. She is a trustee of the Aerospace Corporation and the National Defense Industrial Association. She is a board member of the National Military Family Association and EADS, North America (Airbus Group).

From 2008 to 2014, Ms. Jonas served as President of UnitedHealthcare, Military and Veterans, part of UnitedHealth Group, and held executive positions in the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to her corporate experience, she served more than two decades in government and national security positions. She was Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) for the Department of Defense from 2004 to 2008. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for financial management, and as a senior analyst with the Office of Management and Budget and the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. Her education includes executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Ms. Jonas holds an M.A. in liberal studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in political science from Arizona State University.

Mr. Charles L. Beames

York Space Systems, Executive Chairman

Mr. Beames is currently the Executive Chairman of York Space Systems, a leader in commercial satellite design and manufacturing. Previously, he served as President, Vulcan Aerospace and Executive Director, Stratolaunch Systems. Mr. Beames brings to the Areté Board broad executive experience across the space and military industry, including legislative affairs and private equity investment. His expertise spans the commercial and national security space industry, where he currently serves as a board member for several other space companies. Prior to working at Vulcan Aerospace, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, holding several executive positions within the Department of Defense. His last was as the Principal Director, Space & Intelligence Systems in the Pentagon, overseeing the execution of a $90B annual acquisition budget. Beames retired as a Colonel, USAF after 23 years on active duty that included deployments and duty assignments around the world.

An engineering graduate of both the US Air Force Academy and the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Beames also holds advanced degrees from the National War College and Georgetown University and is a nationally recognized technology innovator and leader. Credited with the creation of some of the most transformational space & intelligence programs of the last 30 years, the National Academy of Engineering recognized him as a Top 100 Young Engineer and Secretary Gates awarded him the Defense Superior Service Medal in 2011. He maintains several residences within the US and abroad.

Mr. Timothy G. Paulson

Independent Consultant

Mr. Paulson has extensive financial management experience, including six years of P&L responsibility as Chief Financial Officer of a business operating unit and seven years as Corporate Treasurer of a 5B Fortune 500 Company providing aerospace, defense, and electronics technology to government and commercial customers worldwide. Mr. Paulson recently retired as the CFO and Sr. VP of Premier America Credit Union, a full-service financial institution with over $1 billion in assets and approximately 67,000 members nationwide.

Mr. Paulson has served on the Areté Board since 2003.

Mr. Randy Potter

Chief Scientist/Fellow

Mr. Potter came to Areté in 1981 as a 21 year old with training in mathematics. Areté was very different in those days. It was mostly populated by physicists and studied phenomenology. He was hired because he was interested in algorithms and there were some new opportunities for us in that arena. Randy became an algorithm engineer and data analyst over the intervening years and developed a lot of data analysis and algorithm development techniques that are still used to this day. During this phase of his career, he was central to changing Areté from a phenomenology company to an algorithm and phenomenology company that was an essential part of the development of a critical Cold War technology.

In 1994 Randy became a VP in charge of most of our LA operations and, while in that role, developed much of what today is called the Special Programs and IC Business Areas. He held that job for 12 years until he stepped back from day-to-day management and became the Chief Scientist of the company. During that phase of his career, Randy helped develop a substantial capability for delivering operational SW, as well as helping the company move into production. He has extensive experience on Areté’s Board of Directors.

Randy is still active as a technical collaborator on many projects and is the Head of the Detection and Estimation Group in the Matrix. As such, he has interacted with many of the Business Area leads and has been very active in recruiting and mentoring new employees in LA and DC.

Mr. Jeffrey M. Smith

BAE Systems, Director, UUV Systems

Mr. Smith has twenty-five years of experience working across numerous areas in product development. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and an MBA from the Lally School of Management at RPI. From starting in a manufacturing support role for the Trident II Inertial Navigation System, he moved through numerous roles of increasing responsibility including hardware design and analysis, technical management, program management, advanced program development, and C-level business management. Mr. Smith led the business growth strategy, capture management, partnering initiatives, and product expansion at Bluefin Robotics. He was an instrumental part of a major corporate turnaround in his first two years at Bluefin. He led the development of winning technical solutions and assembled viable large industry teams through his significant network.

In 2015, Mr. Smith started Riptide Autonomous Solutions, an unmanned undersea vehicle provider. Riptide became a major market disruptor. Leading a dynamic development team, Riptide fielded a prototype vehicle in less than six months, delivered their first products in less than 12 months, and established a multi-vehicle product line in less than 18 months. In that period Riptide also won multiple $1M+ DARPA development programs including a Direct to Phase II SBIR. In 2019 Riptide was acquired by BAE and integrated within their Innovation Lab.

Mr. Jed Withers

Director, Maritime Systems Airborne Sensors

Mr. Withers currently serves as a Program Director under the Areté Maritime Systems Sector. Under the Maritime Sector, Mr. Withers operates as a Business Area Lead for the Maritime Systems, Airborne Sensors (MSAS) group comprised of the COBRA, ALMDS and PILLS/RAMMS programs, and also the site lead for the Areté Florida office. In this capacity, Mr. Withers is responsible for the program management, engineering development, integration, and test efforts across the entire business portfolio. As the leader on MSAS, he has integrated staff across the company to meet the needs of his program as well as build diversity across the company. Mr. Withers has significant experience working with active and passive electro-optic sensors, CONOPs, hardware/platform integration and LIDAR/Multispectral data analysis.

Prior to joining Areté, Mr. Withers was employed with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) and was a key member of the NGC Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Integrated Product Team (IPT). During his time at NGC, he operated as the Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Manager for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system and a number of airborne sensing related development projects.

Mr. Withers holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2002) and a M.S. in Systems Engineering (2007) from Florida Institute of Technology.